These days, the quest for a healthier lifestyle and positive eating habits is what most people are wanting these days. In short, increasing life expectancy and worrying about ‘how’ you will live in the next few years is almost the rule nowadays.
We all know that a good diet can influence our health and the willingness we have to face the day-to-day. The secret is not just eating fruits and vegetables. Rather, eat a balanced diet with all foods in the right amounts. That’s because our bodies need a little of each food for us to have a healthy life.
And in these times where everyone is looking for health, or at least trying, research into which foods are good for health are recurrent. Fruits are always among the recommendations for healthy eating .
That’s because they are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. For example, the apple. This theft makes a difference in the body and can protect the person from some diseases when it is consumed in the right amount. All this because the apple has several health benefits.
According to what American studies show, the apple decreases the incidence of type 2 diabetes because it has an antioxidant. For example, if women eat a green apple on an empty stomach, it decreases their chance of having diabetes by up to 30%.
According to Valéria Goulart, a nutrologist at the Brazilian Association of Nutrology, apples contain polyphenols that protect the heart and prevent cardiovascular disease. In addition, the fruit also has a fiber called pectin. This fiber reduces the absorption of fats that are ingested on a daily basis, consequently also helping to fight bad cholesterol.
“The apple is able to relieve stomach pain, it helps to fight gastritis because it works as a gel. This fruit increases the production of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for aiding memory, and thus reduces the chance of the individual triggering Alzheimer’s or stroke,” said Valéria.
“Polyphenols also act as anti-inflammatory drugs and reduce the chance of a person having cancer, especially in the digestive tract. Another function is to fight free radicals, those that delay aging, favor the production of collagen, help with oral health, malic acid that increases saliva production, reducing the proliferation of bacteria, which form the bacterial plaque”, he continued.
A study by the National Institute of the United States showed that eating an apple a day is good for your health and prevents various diseases. The study was carried out with more than eight thousand people. And for a year, approximately 10% of them ate an apple daily.
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It was seen that these people did not need to take many medications, they did not get sick and the apple still gave them more energy and energy. That’s because, although fruit is low in calories, it has carbohydrates and fiber.
An important recommendation made by Valéria is that the best time to consume apples is for breakfast because of the pectin present in the fruit’s peel. It slows down digestion and also slows down the absorption of sugar in the body. In this way, the intestine will function in a healthy way.
“Because it is a fruit rich in fiber and water, it causes a feeling of satiety and reduces appetite. It has pectin in the skin that reduces the absorption of sugar, and this is excellent for those who want to lose weight. In addition, whoever eats an apple 15 minutes before meals eats 200 calories less,” said Valéria.